The perfect dip — and a well-placed string of white lights — can make any intimate gathering with your crew feel more festive.

Backyard cookouts are one of our favorite ways to enjoy warm weather with family on the fly. To encourage story-telling, laughter and gathering around the grill, use your cordless BlendJet to make delicious and easy homemade dipping sauce recipes that won’t spoil anyone’s appetite.

How to Blend Summer Perfect Dipping Sauces

Dipping Sauces

We’ve rounded up a few healthy dip recipes that are light, crisp and satisfying in the heat. Best of all, they’re easy to make in a portable blender (trust us, the kids will be happy to help). Dunk crisp veggies in our plant-powered ranch dip, tortilla chips in vegan queso or salsa, or fresh cantaloupe slices in maple-sweetened yogurt. These summer-perfect dipping sauces make delicious sides that go with steak, chicken, burgers, ribs, hot dogs or skewered anything.

Make Family Time Special

Sprinkle with fresh parsley

To give your homemade dip extra appeal, consider a garnish. Sprinkle with fresh parsley or mint. Hummus is delicious drizzled with olive oil, sea salt and feta cheese. Cucumber slices are always a healthy alternative to chips.

Or — if you want to keep your family dinner “party” super easy — you can turn dips into a complete meal. Skip the grill and create a grazing board of colorful produce, delicious prosciutto and salami, and nibbles like pita chips, crackers olives and pistachios. Along with any of our easy homemade dipping sauces, the littlest details make low-key evenings with your family feel that much more special.